Trial Date Set in Associated Press-Shepard Fairey Dispute in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP).- A March trial date was set Monday to decide whether the artist who created the Barack Obama “HOPE” image violated The Associated Press’ copyright when he based the image on one of the news agency’s pictures. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said Monday that the selection of eight jurors for a three-week trial will start March 21 in New York. Artist Shepard Fairey appeared in court with his lawyers Monday but declined to comment afterward. Fairey sued the AP last year, arguing that his artwork during Obama’s 2008 run for the presidency did not violate AP’s copyrights. The news cooperative countersued, saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of its picture violated copyright laws. One of Fairey’s lawyers, Geoffrey Stewart, told Hellerstein that Fairey will show at trial how he